Painting, painting, painting!

Artist Leigh Glover keeps you in the picture with his blog.

Magnolia in flower, complete. Finally!

Magnolia in flower, 2014

I began this picture last summer in the garden and posted its progress in 2014.  I am now ready to show the world.

Magnolia (seiboldii) in flower, 2014, oil on canvas, 126 x 89 cm.



Exhibiting at gallery Prince and Pilgrim in Kew, London

I am delighted to be exhibiting at Prince and Pilgrim gallery with Marilyn Browning and Chloe Fremantle.   My “Flourishing Gardens” paintings complement the location perfectly with Kew Gardens on the door step!

Prince and Pilgrim, 8 Station Approach, Kew, TW9 3QB

Prince and Pilgrim gallery in Kew, London

Prince and Pilgrim gallery in Kew, London

Flourishing Garden paintings at Prince and Pilgrim, Kew

Flourishing Garden paintings at Prince and Pilgrim, Kew

Bee heaven – foxgloves

The foxgloves appeared in the woodland glade behind our house during the summer.  It was a metropolis of flowers with their towering blooms.  Bee heaven!

I spent a day drawing at the glade, unraveling the scene in front of me.  How can this experience be translated into an oil painting?

These drawings give a brief insight into what I wanted to achieve: the vertical nature of the stem and bloom, the horizontal leaves, the repetitive motif blurring into the distance.

The final picture can be seen in the Flourishing Gardens website page.

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Sunrise selected for ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

My painting Sunrise in Snowdonia has been selected for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2014, Mall Galleries, London.

The painting brings back memories of the 4 o’clock start to begin the Welsh 3000’s walk – the light was superb!


The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2014

The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each selector’s section is hung separately giving the impression of six small exhibitions within the whole.

Thu 13 – Sun 23 November, 10am – 5pm, admission free and all works are for sale

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1


Kensington & Fulham Open Studios 2014

I am looking forward to exhibiting alongside two other local artists Tania Beaumont and Louise Richards.

We shall be at Tania Beaumont’s home and studio.

15 Rugby Mansions, Bishops Kings Road, West Kensington, W14 8XD (stairs, no lift).

Fri 17 (6-9pm) – Sat 18 & Sun 19 October (11-6pm)

I shall be sharing my new Flourishing Garden paintings.  I shall also be showing drawings and painting studies that will give an insight into my process of making these pictures.  Hopefully my oil painting of foxgloves, work in progress below, will be finished to hang also…………..

Digitalis in progress


Other artists taking part in the open studios can be seen

Camellia in Flower, oil on canvas, complete

Camellia 2014

Camellia in Flower, oil on canvas 126 x 89 cm, Leigh Glover 2014

The spring flowering camellia had a fantastic show this year in our garden in Sussex.  It is part of my ongoing Flourishing Gardens series.  In the photos below I share how I create oil paintings like this.

I begin by observing and drawing the camellia.

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I then explore the colour possibilities by mixing oils to find the best representation I can of the natural flower amidst the foliage.  I then plan the composition but make sure it is not too rigid as I need to leave a little room for inspiration and creativity whilst painting the picture.

The finished oil painting is for sale (please contact and can be seen on the  Flourishing Gardens  page.

It can be bought as a digital print or the image licensed for commercial reproduction through the Bridgeman Art Library.


Millenium Bridge, Tate Modern is in sight!

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I have been slowly progressing with this watercolour on Millennium Bridge.  The Tate Modern is now in sight with crowds crossing the Millennium Bridge to the south bank.

The next stage is to look left towards St Paul’s Cathedral.  I have had some wonderful comments from the public and a group of school children calling my work “Sick!”.  Which I hope I can take to mean “Wicked!” or “Cool!” otherwise I am done for!  (It is hard to keep up with the lingo!)



Bonsoir Cannes, ipad commission

I was commissioned to draw these three sunsets from the client’s balcony in Cannes, France.  I used my iPad and enjoyed playing with colour!  They have been a delight to work on.

Taking on new landscape commissions contact

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Millenium Bridge watercolour is growing!

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My watercolour from the middle of the Millennium Bridge is growing and growing.  It was inspiring to hear the radio programme ‘Playing the Skyline’ on Radio 4 with two musicians Courtney Pine and Anna Meredith composing music with this scene is mind.  A great idea which has spurred me on through a near miss on the bicycle commute, constant drizzle making a mess of my paper and one day, after a long cycle ride there, realising I had forgotten my paints!

Millennium Bridge, London, watercolour on paper


Introducing my watercolour from Millennium Bridge, London.

I was walking over the Millennium Bridge from the Bankside Gallery one evening and I felt I must paint this scene.

The picture is already 1.5 metres long and growing every time I visit the bridge.  I envisage the scene ending at St Paul’s Cathedral on the left and Tate Modern on the right but let us see how it develops.  It is becoming a bit of a challenge!